Sharing God’s Good News

DSCF2884As I continue to talk with God about my prayer life, we started a conversation about how often do I talk with other people about Him?

Truthfully, not all that often.

Ouch.

What I appreciate about my conversations with God is how, in a gentle way, he reminds me of His way and helps direct my path.

Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.”

St. Thomas Aquinas

Spiritual Energy Crisis

IMG_0198During my conversation and coffee with God this morning, we talked about prayer and how I spend my spiritual energy.

The media often covers an energy “crisis” but little is written about our spiritual energy and how important it is.

As my conversation with God about prayer continues, I was guided to the quote below, which provides a wonderful Sunday message:

Don’t spend your energies on things that generate worry, anxiety and anguish. Only one thing is necessary: Lift up your spirit, and love God.”

– St. Padre  Pio

Prayer

IMG_0437I took a short break from my blog (I missed you all!) to  have a conversation with God about prayer. My conversations with God are prayers although I still struggle with talking less and listening more.

One area of my life God wants me to see is how impatient I am. God wants me to understand and trust that He is always working behind the scenes  in ways I may never know.

Trusting in God’s plan and God’s will is the message from my time away. I want to share it with you in case anyone else can relate to the process of being impatient. God allowed me to see that when I am impatient, I am not relaxed. I am not at peace and am not living in the moment.

I plan to write more often with trust in my heart and patience for God’s plan to be revealed.

Prayer is as natural to man as speaking, sighting and seeing, as natural as the palpitation of a loving heart; and actually that is what prayer is: a murmur, a sigh, a glance, a heartbeat of love.

– Ernesto Cardenal

Patience

DSCF2943-1One of my early devotional days was titled, The Patience Waiting Room. At that time and to this day, I struggle with patience.

Sometimes in my prayers, I’m talking with God and asking him to hurry it up…you know, speed up the answers I am waiting for. Anyone else relate?

I’m sure God must chuckle when that conversation begins! Of course, it is only God’s time that matters and patience is one of my many lessons.

This afternoon, I found a beautiful prayer which I would like to share with you. It is a prayer which provides a spirit of peace and encouragement:

Let nothing worry you; Nothing dismay you; Everything passes; God does not change. If you have patience you can do anything. Those who have God want for nothing; God alone is enough.

– St. Teresa of Avila

 

Gentle Devotion

DSCF2883-1In my prayer time after writing the post yesterday, God guided me to the book of Acts. During our conversation and coffee this morning, God continued to speak to my heart about actions and directed me to the verse about the early believers.

Acts

Actions

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Acts 2: 42

How do our actions compare to those in this verse?

The word that jumps out for me is “devoted”. I can see times on my walk of faith when I have been more devoted to worry than to prayer. How different would my life be if I start to pray the very moment I begin to doubt?

My prayer for today is to talk with God about our level of devotion.

 

So Hard To Get To This Place

IMG_2036“Contemplation is nothing else but a secret , peaceful and loving infusion of God, which, if admitted, will set the soul on fire with the Spirit of love.”

St. John of the Cross

It is so hard for me to  get to this place of peaceful contemplation.

A place where I’m not distracted.

A place where I don’t despair.

A place where I simply am with God.

My prayer for today is for us to find and know the peaceful and loving infusion of God.

Stepping Out In Faith

IMG_0198For the longest time, I would tell my friend Ken (on our walk n talks) that I would not be comfortable speaking in front of group. For the longest time, Ken would tell me he could see me doing exactly that.

Earlier this month, I had the honor of speaking to a wonderful group of small group leaders following their recognition dinner. My friend and author, Deb Coty spoke first (www.deboracoty.com) about the joy of living a devotional life. As she spoke, I was amazed by how comfortable she seemed and how she instantly connected with our audience.

I looked at my prepared outline and thought about the message I received in prayer that week. At the last minute, I decided to completely change my opening statements! This could be tripping in faith rather than stepping out in faith. I  prayed to overcome my fear as I walked toward the podium.

To my surprise, I felt comfortable and connected with the group!

There are times when God wants us to step (or even trip) outside of our comfort zone. My prayer for us is to listen and follow His word. He will be with us!

“It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immoderately apprehensive of tripping.”

– St. Frances de Sales